Join us for Polite Pets Month, March 2018


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Polite Pets Month News 2018

 March is Polite Pets Month. Check out our cute puppy preschool grads. Read our top training tips for dogs and watch a video with training tips for your feline friends. Beware of Beach hazards for your dogs while you are enjoying the beautiful weather. Baby (the birdy clinic mascot) is behaving beautifully for polite pets month - we hope it lasts.....

Puppy Preschool Grads:

 Congratulations to our recent beautiful puppy preschool graduates. Nurse Jo was super impressed with how well behaved you all were and we look forward to watching you all grow up! These gorgeous pups are well on the way to becoming beautifully behaved adult dogs!! Go to our facebook page at to see more cute puppy grad photos.

Puppy preschool is a great way to introduce a young puppy to obedience training and will see you well on the way to having a polite pet for life. Our experienced Veterinary Nurse, Jo, runs puppy preschool classes every Thursday night here at the clinic. So, if you know a puppy that wants a flying start, call us to sign up today!
Jo's helper at reception:
How cute is Obi helping at reception.
Jo better watch out, we think he is after her job!

Polite Pets Month 

March is Polite Pets Month - time to pause and think about preventing and treating behavioural problems in our pets. Common behaviour problems include jumping, chewing, playbiting, barking, separation anxiety (where your pet becomes upset when you are away from them) and toileting inappropriately  More than half of all pets suffer from behavioural problems. In fact, behaviour problems are now considered to be the number one reason for euthanasia in pets (especially those under 1 year of age). 
One of the most common behavioural problems encountered by pet owners is problem barking. Many people go straight to a dog trainer to try and solve this problem, or worse still, resort to “quick fixes” like bark collars. It is important to remember that even the most skilled dog trainer will not be able to solve barking issues that are related to separation or anxiety disorders. These are serious medical conditions that can be likened to people with panic attacks. While behavioural training is a very important part of treating these problems, prescription medication is almost always required (at least for the first 3-4 months) to allow these pets to be calm enough to learn appropriate new behaviours.  We highly recommend that you consider a veterinary behaviour consultation first if you think your pet might have a separation anxiety disorder.

Top Training tips for dogs

  1. Take your puppy to Puppy Preschool classes to learn to socialise with other dogs.
  2. Take your adult dog to adult training classes so that socialisation and education continue for life.
  3. Always use reward-based training with your dog. Rewards may be in the form of a food treat or verbal praise and attention - anything your dog likes!
  4. Ignore ‘unwanted’ behaviour. For example ignoring your dog when it jumps up to greet you rather then pushing it down means that your dog is not rewarded with your attention. Only reward it with attention or treats when all four paws are on the ground.
  5. Take 10–15 minutes each day training your dog throughout its life.
  6. If your pet has a problem behaviour see your Vet to rule out any underlying medical problem. If your pet is healthy seek the help of a qualified trainer who uses reward-based training techniques. A behaviour Vet may be required to help solve some behaviour problems.
  7. Never leave a child under 10 unsupervised with a dog, even a familiar family pet. Even the friendliest dog can react if it’s scared or feels threatened.

Beware Beach Hazards

We are so lucky to live in such a beautiful corner of the world, and even luckier to have our very own dog beach to enjoy with our beloved fur babies. But next time you are enjoying a walk with “Rover” off-lead, bear in mind and look out for these potential beach hazards…..

We don’t often think about snakes being at the beach but they are very common in the sand dunes and the bushy areas leading up to the beach. Although Autumn will see a reduction in their activity levels, it is still quite hot and snakes will still be active. Always keep your dog on lead when accessing the beach and keep an eye on their where-abouts so they are not wandering off into the dunes alone.

Jelly fish

Blue bottles can be present on our shores at any time of the year but often get washed up after storms during cyclone season. While most pets leave these alone, we have had a few cases of curious canines sniffing at them and getting a muzzle full of barbed stingers. Some pets have mouthed the jelly fish and received nasty stings in their oral cavity which causes swelling and pain and can reduce their ability to eat and, in severe cases, can interfere with breathing. Again, use common sense and if you see lots of jelly fish on the beach, make the walk an on-lead day. Whatever you do, we don’t advise “weeing” in your dog’s mouth - urine is not considered a treatment for jelly fish stings - all it does is make a nasty smell. 

Fish hooks
Most of us will know to keep our dogs clear of people fishing on the beach and away from bait buckets. However, sometimes discarded line can sometimes still have hooks attached. The bait may be long gone but your dog’s incredible sense of smell can still make this a tasty temptation. If your dog does get a hook stuck on it’s face, don’t panic. Just come down to the clinic and we can safely remove the hook. If a hook is completely swallowed, it can cause a lot of internal damage so always come for a vet check if you think this has happened - even if there is no hook attached, the line can cause bowel entrapment and twisting. 

Ruby got an unwanted nose piercing when she investigated a carelessly discarded lure.

Discarded food and Rubbish
Recently Max  ate something in the sand dunes while on his usualy daily walk. Later that night, he presented to the Animal Emergency Service with marijuana poisoning - obviously his seaside snack packed more punch than your usual variety.  Again, let common sense prevail and try to keep your dog in view and within easy distance for you to reach them when they are at the beach.
Thankfully, most people are careful not to leave rubbish behind on the beach but food scraps may not be thought of as litter and can be left behind. If this food is rotten, it can cause nasty tummy upsets and some foods (like chocolate, macadamia nuts, onions and grapes) can be toxic to your dog.

Max got more than he bargained for from his sandy snack.

  Watch this video for training tips for your cat:

  Baby Blog:

Hello all! Just a short message this month to let you know I have been on my best behaviour for polite pets month. I have not done a poo on the microscope cover once. I have not bitten anyone. I have not chewed up important paperwork belonging to Dr Linda. Sorry if this has been a boring entry – but being good is boring! Next month, I’ll be back up to my old tricks and will have plenty of saucy stories for you. Until then it’s gold medal manners!!!!
editor's note: we are monitoring Baby (our birdy clinic mascot) to make sure his halo doesn't slip around his neck and choke him?

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